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Paul Mescal & Xiao Zhan Star In The Gucci Horsebit 1953 Loafer Campaign

Gucci proudly commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Horsebit 1953 loafer, an enduring emblem of the House's heritage and savoir-faire, with a new campaign starring actor and Ambassador Paul Mescal and Global Brand Ambassador Xiao Zhan.

Introduced in 1953, the Gucci Horsebit 1953 loafer revolutionized the world of footwear, blending sophistication with comfort. Its distinctive design, featuring a miniaturized horse bit—a double ring connected by a bar—soon became a hallmark element of the House effortlessly bridging the gap between the heritage of the past and contemporary fashion. Over the decades, the Gucci loafer has evolved into an essential part of the wardrobe thanks to its ability to seamlessly blend Italian craftsmanship, the American outdoor lifestyle, and the classic British equestrian aesthetic.

The legendary Horsebit 1953 loafer encapsulates Gucci’s rich history, with its enduring appeal that transcends generations, it serves as an example of Italian design excellence and elegance.

The new campaign showcases the timeless yet contemporary allure of this style, as both Paul Mescal and Xiao Zhan are captured at ease wearing the original design from 1953. Their portraits elegantly demonstrate how the heritage hardware and silhouette continue to inspire and captivate generation after generation.


Paul Mescal

Creative Director: Sabato De Sarno

Art Director: Riccardo Zanola

Photographer & Director: Heji Shin

DoP: Karol Jurga

Styling: Felicity Kay

Grooming: Josh Knight

Set Design: Danny Hyland

Xiao Zhan

Creative Director: Sabato De Sarno

Art Director: Riccardo Zanola

Photographer: Feng Li

DoP: Becky Chen

Styling: Chu Xuan

Set Design: Majima

Props: Qiao Qiao

More on the Horsebit 1953 loafer

In the 1950s, the House began using a double ring and bar known as a Horsebit as a decorative element in its collections to evoke the life and style that surrounded equestrianism—a popular pastime among its clientele of the time. In 1953, when Gucci introduced footwear, the Horsebit 1953 loafer was born. Defining an enduring design, as well as showcasing a signature code, the Horsebit 1953 loafer anchors the House’s equestrian-inspired narrative while also spurring it forward as each Creative Director unveils their own nuanced iterations.

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Gucci


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